Hamas will accept the result of an eventual referendum over a Palestinian state. Hamas are reportedly also willing to concede power to a national consensus cabinet consisting of technocrats pending early elections. Providing the PLO is reformed, Hamas might also be willing to stay out of a future national unity cabinet.
Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Damascus states that Hamas will accept the result of a referendum over the borders of a Palestinian state, even though Hamas might not agree with the result.
Read: Maan News, “Mash’al: Hamas agrees to Palestinian state but will not recognise Israel,” 22 April 2008, http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=28875.
During a visit to Tunis Sunday, President Mahmoud Abbas stated that any peace agreement would require such a referendum.
Read: People’s Daily News, “Abbas promises referendum before any peace agreement with Israel,” 21 April 2008, http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90777/90854/6396251.html
The statements follow Sunday’s declaration by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter that Hamas was prepred to negotiate a national consensus cabinet consisting of technocrats until elections can be held. Hamas would concede to stay out of government until that time. Hamas would reportedly also be willing to avoid participation in a future Palestinian national unity government, provided that the PLO is reformed.
Read: Maan News, “Carter: Hamas will accept Palestinian state within ’67 borders if Palestinians agree,” 21 April 2008, http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=28866.